Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

After reading a number of possibly orientalist fantasy stories, I was looking forward to reading "a Golden Compass for the Arab Spring," as one blurb has it.  However, Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson, reminds me less of The Golden Compass and more of The Historian.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Review: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

This is a Margo Lanagan novel, so I was pretty sure it was going to make me uncomfortable.  And I was right.

It's the story of an isolated town, a little island fishing community, where something cruel and deviant becomes socially acceptable.  Although the novel reminds me of news stories about Pitcairn Island, the plot's ripped from folktales, not headlines. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This Week on the Internet: July 29-Aug 4

I've been meaning to start a weekly list of links, and since I've been exploring sites that help curate internet resources, I'm going to try to use storify for this purpose. So, here's my first installment of This Week on the Internet.